Father sentenced for beating 9-year-old son


A father appeared before the criminal court of Saint Martin on Thursday for hitting his nine-year-old son with the belt belt. Traces of beatings on the thighs were observed by social services, which triggered an investigation. The boy no longer lives with his parents but with a host family. His custody has been removed from the mother and the father, the accused, takes him during the school holidays.

"I was raised like this," defends the father, adding that he did not know that he did not have the right to correct his child in this way. "Society no longer tolerates educational violence," commented deputy prosecutor Michaël Ohayon. After deliberation, the court sentenced the father to three months in prison, with a simple suspended sentence. (More details on www.soualigapost.com)


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